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17 October 1997. Thought for the Week: "The strength or weaknesses of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialisation. Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life. If a nation's spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure, or by any industrial development. A tree with a rotten core cannot stand. This is so because of all the possible freedoms, the one that will inevitably come to the fore will be the freedom to be unscrupulous; that is the freedom that can be neither prevented nor anticipated by any law. It is an unfortunate fact that a pure social atmosphere cannot be legislated into being. . . . In order to function, democracy needs a certain level of political discipline among the populace."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Nation Review (U.S.A.) 23/9/1991.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ELECTION SHOCKWAVES
by David Thompson
As we go to press, the final result of the South Australia election is unclear, with the Liberals expected to retain government by the skin of their teeth, but certainly failing to regain control of the South Australian upper house, the Legislative Council. The result simply confirms what League activists are finding all over Australia; that the difference between the major political parties is now so slight that the electorate is searching for alternative policies.
The important feature of the South Australian election is that the Olsen Liberals actually lost 13% of their first-preference support last Saturday, but this swing did not translate into support for the ALP. The S.A. ALP gained only 5.4% of this first-preference swing, with the rest of the first preference vote going to a number of smaller political groups. Chief of these was the Democrats, who were able to take second place in six of the 47 lower house seats. But the support for the United Australia Party should not go unnoticed; this new political party of the "right" polled impressively in some electorates, achieving 10.7% in Hammond, and 8.9% of the vote in Frome.
The fact that the ALP was able to win so many seats is accounted for by noting that the Democrat preferences flowed to the ALP. According to psephologist Malcolm Mackerras, the 9% swing away from the South Australian Liberals is the biggest against a one-term State government since NSW voters savaged Labor's Jack Lang with a 15% swing in 1932, showing the extraordinary volatility of the Australian electorate at present.
A careful analysis of the South Australian election shows that voters are fully prepared to savagely punish mainstream political parties, but are reluctant to mindlessly support their Opposition. This is a clear rejection of both mainstream party groups who have betrayed the interests of Australians for so long. This is borne out by polling in other States.
In Queensland for example, the latest Newspoll, which proved to be the most accurate in South Australia last weekend, showed that a massive 19% of those surveyed would vote for "other" parties in a Queensland election. This raises the question of the future of the Queensland National Party government. If a third political force was to appear in Queensland to offer voters a genuine choice, rather than the traditional "Hobson's choice" between National and Labor, there is every chance that such a third force could win a number of seats. Press reports of secret Liberal Party polling in Queensland indicates that Pauline Hanson's One Nation party is more popular than the Nationals in a number of key seats, such as the marginal Labor seats of Thuringowa, Hervey Bay and Caboolture. At the time the polling took place, One Nation was not registered in Queensland at State level.
The most credible emerging third force in Queensland politics is Australia First, which is now registered in Queensland as a political party. With solid grass-roots organisation and a hard core of most constructive policies, Australia First could provide a potent challenge to the National Party in a number of seats. That approximate 19% of disenchanted Queensland voters are searching for a constructive new home. The election of even one Australia First candidate in Queensland has the potential to electrify Australian politics. If One Nation was to register as a party in Queensland, and co-operate with Australia First in the exchange of preferences, the next Queensland State election could be a turning point in Australian politics.
Prime Minister Howard is now faced with a new political situation in which he has an extremely large and very edgy backbench that could be obliterated by a swing as little as 4% at the next federal election. Mr. Howard was elected with a swing of around 5% in 1996, but Labor require a swing of less than 4% to topple Mr. Howard in Canberra. After last weekend in South Australia, this looks to be a very slim margin of safety.
The pressure is on leaders like Howard and Borbidge to achieve results; particularly in the areas of economic management and employment. Under orthodox economic and financial rules, it is more likely that economic conditions continue to deteriorate, leaving Australia in its most volatile political state since World War II. If ever the emergence of a third force was to be successful, it is now. The question is whether Graeme Campbell's Australia First or Pauline Hanson's One Nation can be well enough organised and financed to force a change in political direction that is long overdue.
NATIONAL PARTY FLYING MONARCHIST COLOURS
Following a fierce internal campaign in favour of the existing Australian constitutional monarchy, the National Party has now affirmed that its official policy will be an uncompromising attack on the republican agenda. As a result, party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Fischer has been forced to change his position on the republic. Fischer had previously declared that if Australia was to become a republic, he would prefer a popularly elected president. Mr. Fischer now supports the Constitution as it is.
While the League has little in common with the National Party Senator Ron Boswell, it appears that Boswell has maintained his loyalty to the Crown, and should be supported for this. It may also have something to do with the fact that Boswell must face re-election to the Senate at the next federal election and, irrespective of trendy republican options it is crystal clear that the Queensland National Party grass roots are unashamedly monarchist.
As he sees his support base visibly disappearing beneath him because of some of the lunatic policies pursued by the Liberals, to which his own leader Mr. Fischer refuses to object, perhaps even Senator Boswell can feel the cold winds of political reality. The firearms issue is the most potent of these.
The National Party has become the first political party to formally support one of the teams fielding candidates to be elected as delegates to the Constitutional Convention next year, announcing that they will support the "No Republic" candidates throughout Australia. "No Republic" is the campaign title of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, which will be led by Sir James Killen in Queensland, Don Chipp in Victoria, Doug Sutherland in NSW, Reg Withers in WA, Kin Bonython and Bishop John Hepworth in S.A., Doone Kennedy in Tasmania, and Malcolm Mackerras in ACT.
The second major monarchist group to be fielding candidates in most States is the Monarchist League, which also has a number of extremely able candidates, such as former RSL President Alf Garland and Dr David Mitchell. In Queensland former Senator Glen Shiel and Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen will lead a Constitutional Monarchist team. In Victoria RSL President Bruce Ruxton leads a "Safeguard the People" team with Vernon Wilcox.
The voting for candidates is by voluntary postal ballot, and closes on December 9th. The voting method will be similar to that of the Senate, under which each candidate must earn a quota of votes, and his preferences then flow on to nominated successors for those voting 'above the line'. We understand that the major monarchist groups will register to exchange their preferences for those who propose to vote 'above the line'.
The National Party should be congratulated for an unequivocal statement of support for the monarchy, and pushed to actively campaign for the "No Republic" candidates for the Convention. We doubt that this particular attack of sanity is sufficient to save the National Party in the longer term, but it is a useful start.
CENSORSHIP OF INFORMATION SUPER-HIGHWAY
The new information technology, originally developed by the United States military in order to communicate in emergencies, known as the 'Internet' offers a breakthrough for the 'underground press'. It is theoretically free of the restraints of censorship, because it is simply too difficult to censor. However, the one worlders seem to have discovered the vulnerable point of the new technology, and are testing an assault on it.
Bavarian prosecutors in Germany have indicted the managing director of a German service provider CompuServe, Felix Somm, for aiding the distribution of child pornography and banned Nazi symbols. Prosecutors believe that service providers should be held responsible for material that is illegal in Germany and made accessible to Germans, but is located abroad. CompuServe deny the charges, and claim they are no more responsible than telephone companies are for what people say to each other, and that it lacked the technical ability to block out just the German users. The case is being closely watched around the world.
HANSON ON NATIVE TITLE
The Independent Member for Oxley made a contribution to the debate on the Native Title Amendment Bill in Parliament on October 1st, in which Ms Hanson referred to the deadly United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She referred to the long-held suspicion that aboriginal land claims and native title rights were being used in an attempt to create a separate 'black state' in Australia."
"In conjunction with the Canadian government,
the indigenous people of Canada have recently created Nunavut,
a separate indigenous state within the nation of Canada. Originally
Nunavut was to be a tract of semi-autonomous land of some
two million square kilometres. However, a further deal was
done, and the two million square kilometres of semi-autonomous
land of this state-within-state became 350,000 square kilometres
of freehold land. This will be formalised in 1999, and will
in effect leave Canada with another country bigger than the
State of Victoria within its borders.
The text of Ms Hanson's speech will be published in the October edition of Intelligence Survey, and is almost compulsory reading for those concerned about the native title/Wik issue presently before the Parliament.
How is it that Ms Hanson's speech received almost no press cover whatever? Is this material unimportant, irrelevant, or simply too hot to handle? Perhaps the press have begun to apply the traditional sanctions to Pauline Hanson, which have been applied to others, like Graeme Campbell, who might have something constructive to say. That is, a media blackout that can only be penetrated by initiative and a grasp of grass-roots political action with an 'alternative' media network.
Prime Minister of Malaysia. Mr. Mohamad Mahathir has been condemned for anti-Semitism because he has noted that a number of those who allegedly manipulated the Malaysian currency, leading to a financial crisis, were Jewish. Speaking to a 10,000 strong crowd of Muslims, Mahathir accused foreign speculators and currency traders of having an agenda to block the prosperity of Muslim nations, and noted that George Soros was Jewish.
Malaysia is a multicultural society that seems to have its problems. Of the 20 million population, about half are Muslims, with Islam as the official religion. Mahathir was speaking in a Malaysian state in which the leadership favour strict interpretation of Islamic law. There is no such thing as a Human Rights tribunal in Malaysia, which actively "discriminates" as a matter of state policy. For example, Malaysia has no diplomatic ties with Israel, and Israeli citizens are not permitted entry visas for Malaysia. Australians may find it strange that our Asian neighbours are apparently quite free to "discriminate", but we are not. Will becoming "a part of Asia" enable us to adopt similar "discriminatory" policies? Is the official Malaysian policy on Israel any worse or better than the old "white Australia policy"? Of course not.
QUOTING FROM THE SHOOTERS JOURNAL
What Politicians and Bureaucrats Tell
"The United Nations, notoriously, has no teeth and is unable to enforce any resolutions unless individual governments decide to take action in their own territories. . . The UN resolution (to implement 'national measures in order to check the illicit circulation of small arms') is not aimed at you." - Barry Jones Member for Lalor, Victoria 26/2/96.
What U.N. Bureaucrats and Officials
"Creative ways of approaching the proliferation of light weapons, such as gun buy-back programs, could reduce the overall supply.... Unless there is a global norm which decries the consequences of light weapons, it will be difficult to control this class of weapons....Focusing on particularly harmful or indiscriminate weapons an also help mobilise public outcry.... "Domestic gun control efforts.... (would likely be improved by) the active role of media in increasing public awareness, especially through photographs. ...(and by) the ability and resources to compile essential information and make it available rapidly to activists." - British American Security Information Council. Project on Light Weapons, Controlling Global Light Weapons Transfers: Working Toward Policy Options, Susannah Dyer and Dr Natalie Goldring, San Diego, 16-20 April. 1996.
ATTORNEY GENERAL'S STATEMENT
On June 6th, 1997, the Office of the
Attorney General issued a letter saying this
On the same day, in correspondence with
a firearm owner in a different state, the same office sent
Which of these obviously contradictory statements is incorrect? How can statements such as these originate from the same person in the same office on the same day? (End of Sporting Shooters Journal material)
FROM THE PRESS
"Scrap migrant industry" - by John Masaauskas,
Herald Sun, 11/10/97
In a Weekend Focus feature in the same publication titled "Our Baltic Invasion", Sir Arvi is also quoted as saying, of the migrant experience, "All in all, it was quite painless. I've never had any problems, then or later".
Meanwhile, however, the policy of multiculturalism
continues its way of poisonous permeation of our society.
The following passage darkly illustrates its essentially anti-Christian
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